March 2016 

Featured Content

President's Column
A Special Invitation - Strickler Award Ceremony  

NCASE Team Finalizing Details of  Strickler Award Presentation

Vermont Girls Have a Blast During Women in Aviation Week

2016 Renewed Memberships
Aircraft Electronics Association
Blue Sky Educational Foundation
Dee Howard Foundation
Flight School Association
Ken Cook Company
Master Flight Foundation
State Aviation Journal
University Aviation Association
Virginia Department of Aviation
Wolf Aviation Fund

Collaboration Needed to Create Next Generation of Women in STEM
Talmesha Richards remembered being in third grade and thinking math was "the worst thing in the whole wide world." She then went on to receive bachelor's degrees in mathematics and chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in cellular molecular medicine. "I hated math but then I had a teacher who took an interest in me," says Richards, the chief academic and diversity officer at Million Women Mentors, a nonprofit that helps girls get interested in the science, math, engineering and technology fields.
Read more: U.S. News

New Bill Would Encourage, Support Women and Minorities in STEM Fields
The small numbers of women and minorities going into high-paying science and tech fields has long been a concern among educators and policymakers. A new bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray would authorize grants for outreach, mentoring and professional development programs that encourage women and minorities to enter STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
Read more: Seattle Times

STEM Family Fun Night at the Museum of Aviation (Video)
Families were invited to come to the Museum of Aviation for a little fun in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math... or STEM for short. Organizers said Friday's event teaches kids new things in a more exciting environment.
Read more: WGXA


Girls Get Up Close, Personal Look at Aviation
It was all about girl power at Ocala International Airport Saturday morning. Girls aged 8 to 17, including members of the Young Eagle youth group of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 812 of Ocala and the Dunnellon High School Air Force Jr. ROTC, got a close look at the world of aviation
Read more: Ocala Star-Banner

Throughout this school year, various seventh grade science students at J.O. Combs Middle School prepared projects (with the assistance of their teachers – Mr. Aaron Erwin and Mrs. Barbara Rogers) to participate in the annual Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge at the Arizona State University (ASU) Polytechnic campus, featuring Microsoft Mission Control.
Read more: San Tan Valley
United Kingdom
Kids Experience the World of Flying During Cool Aeronautics Event
Pupils got to experience the world of flying, aerospace and engineering at an exciting event.
Youngsters from De Vere Primary School, in Castle Hedingham, took part in the day-long Cool Aeronautics workshop at Stansted Airport organized by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Read more: Halstead Gazette


NCASE Newsletter Editor and Communications Chair - Kim Stevens 

Your monthly newsletter of the
National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education 

Representing government, industry, and labor united to promote aviation and space education activities and resources, increase public understanding of these areas, and support related educational initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. 
From the President


    Congratulations to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and National Association of Rocketry (NAR), recipients of the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Award for Aerospace Education Leadership over an extended period of time.
    We invite you and representatives from your organization to share in this celebration of a well-earned, prestigious award on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 3:30 PM-7:30 PM at the beautiful Capital Visitor’s Center, HVC-201AB.  Please confirm your attendance with Shelia Bauer, NCASE Awards Co-Chair at:  It will be an elegant afternoon for this well-deserved recognition! 
    On March 16, the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) was pleased to announce the United States winners of the 2016 International Aviation Art Contest.  The winning artwork will be forwarded to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) in Lausanne, Switzerland to be included in the international judging this coming April. (Photo above - Judges for the U.S. entries in the aviation art contest were, from left, Debbie Gallaway, Margaret Finch, Kim Stevens and Stephanie Berry.)
     Second Place: Annette Kim, California
    The winning entries came from young artists in the states of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California, Minnesota and New Mexico. To be eligible for the national judging, students must participate in state-wide art contests and place first, second or third in one of three age groupings. NASAO received artwork this year from 25 states with nearly 2,600 students submitting their work in those state contests.
    The contest, sanctioned by FAI and the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), is managed by NASAO, with support from the FAA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Ken Cook Company. The contest is designed to motivate and encourage young people of FAI member nations to become familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering, and science.  NCASE has been a long-time promoter of this valued event.  (Photo above - Sky Waters, 2nd Place, Senior Category) Be sure to watch for next year’s announcement sharing with educators and other organizations.

First Place Senior Category: Layla Lee, California
    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 5th to join the NCASE Executive Committee Teleconference beginning at 12:00 noon EDT/ 11:00 CDT / 10:00 MDT / 9:00 PDT.   Please join Our Meeting at:; Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your Telephone - Dial +1 (571) 317-3112; Meeting ID and Access Code: 620-342-205.
    NCASE offers the honor for you and your organization to join our executive team.  The officer vacancy, (Treasurer), is currently being handled by Vice President Rol Murrow.  If you have an interest in serving your organization as a committee member, please contact Scott at (
    A reminder to submit an article or a recommendation for each issue of our email newsletter to Kim Stevens making our newsletter a truly valuable resource for all those involved in education.  The newsletter is great member benefit sharing your organization’s highlights.
    Have you renewed your NCASE membership dues?  Together we all actively promote aviation and space education while supporting schools’ initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. 
    Be part of the NCASE Team!

Best Wishes, 

Judy Rice
NCASE President

Invitations Sent
NCASE Team Finalizing Details of Strickler Award Presentation in Washington D.C.

    NCASE board members and committee chairs have been busy with final details of the upcoming ceremony and presentation of the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Aerospace Education Leadership Award for Outstanding Achievement in Aviation and Space Education.  The Recipients for this 2015 award are Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and National Association of Rocketry (NAR). 
    The Ceremony, co-hosted by Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), will be held at the Capitol Visitor’s Center, HVC-201AB, East Capitol St. NE and 1st, NE Washington, D.C. The reception will begin at 4:00 PM, followed by the Award Presentation at 5:00 PM. The event’s announced ending will be at 6:00 PM.
    The NCASE team has sent out invitations to educators and aviation and aerospace education contacts in the industry including special invitations to VIPs, such as FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, asking him to participate in next month’s presentation. 
    The Mervin K. Strickler Aerospace Education Leadership Award was established by NCASE in 1995 to distinguish and honor excellence in aerospace education. Dr. Strickler’s lifetime achievements included the USAF’s Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Frank G. Brewer Trophy, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale’s (FAI) ‘Nile Gold Medal’ and the National Aeronautics Association’s Elder Statesman Award.
    Dr. Strickler was especially proud for having developed and served as Chief of Aviation Education Programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 1960-1979. He was instrumental bringing NCASE into a longstanding partner with the FAA and its Aviation and Space Education (AVSED) Program.

Vermont Girls Have a Blast During Women in Aviation Week!

    Eleven girls from four different schools participated in Vermont Women Fly it Forward on March 10th and 11th, and 12th. They toured the Burlington International Airport and JetBlue offered a Cockpit Visit of the E190. They visited the Control Tower, Took a Tour of Burlington Technical Center and climbed in their fighters, then went flying at Vermont Flight Academy in Cessna 172's! Some comments while flying: "Best Day ever! You can see everything from up here! Do pilots do this everyday? Can we do this everyday? We should be pilots! It's soooo beautiful!"

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